St Leonards is preparing for crowds of around 10,000 for the 13th annual St Leonards Festival on Saturday 30th June.

The event is centred around Warrior Square Gardens, where there will be a main stage, community stalls, global food court (sponsored by Eat Global) and a children’s storytelling marquee (sponsored by Hastings Storytelling Festival).

Warm up for the event with a yoga session at 11.30am from Karen Simnet before the line-up starts in earnest at 12pm. Throughout the afternoon local artists and performers will take to the stage, including Tornado Twirl Stars, the Bangladeshi Community, Barefoot Opera, Gizmo Kids, Tania Pieri, the Hastings Gospel Soul Singers, Bollywood dance workshop and more. Evening highlights include up-and-coming pop sensation Libby Whitehouse and X-Factor runner-up, musician Kevin Davy-White, with rock blues, soul and funk. As night falls at 9.40pm, Dundu and Worldbeaters present a beautiful, captivating illuminated parade with giant puppets, colourful costumes and wild drumming. This spectacular show, which has appeared at some of the world’s leading arts festivals, is not to be missed.

Kings Road Street Market will run from 10am – 5pm, packed with enticing crafts, activities, stalls, food and fun.

The Hastings Thrives parade starts on the seafront at 2:30pm, making its way to the stage at Warrior Square Gardens by 3:15pm to end with a drum-off with six local drumming groups. Fringe events taking place in the area include music and activities at Goat Ledge, La Bella Vista, Mama Putts and a brilliant ‘Girls World’ event at I Love Mel, featuring Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney.

• St Leonards Festival will take place on Saturday 30th June, 12noon – 10.30pm, Warrior Square. For full line-up visit

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